Eckhard Forst, Chairman of the Managing Board
After completing his bank traineeship at Deutsche Bank AG in Düsseldorf and studying law, Eckhard Forst assumed different roles at Deutsche Bank AG in Düsseldorf from 1990, including within the legal department and in Corporate and Key Account Management. In 2000, he joined Deutsche Bank AG in Paris as Managing Director in charge of Corporate Banking.
He became member of the management of Deutsche Bank AG in Bielefeld in mid-2003 where he was responsible for Corporate and Investment Banking in his capacity as Managing Director.
From 2007 to 2016, Eckhard Forst was a member of the Managing Board of Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (NORD/LB) in Hannover, where he was in charge of Corporate Banking including Housing and Agricultural Banking. His responsibilities also included Structured Finance (Energy and Infrastructure), Institutional Clients as well as Commercial Real Estate Financing.
In November 2016, Eckhard Forst became Chairman of the Managing Board of NRW.BANK. He is responsible for Human Resources, Legal, Internal Audit as well as Strategy/Communications/Board Office. Born in Düsseldorf, Eckhard Forst is married with two children.
Gabriela Pantring, Member of the Managing Board
Gabriela Pantring trained as a savings banks officer and savings bank manager. She initially worked as a loan officer at Sparkasse Osnabrück and as auditor with the German Savings Bank and Giro Association before joining Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale in 1997. Here, after several years in Group Auditing in London, she most recently headed the Group Auditing Department in Düsseldorf.
In 2002, she changed to the newly established NRW.BANK, where she assumed responsibility for the Auditing Division. She was later appointed Head of Corporate Steering and, most recently, Head of Special Promotion and Advisory Services.
During this time, Gabriela Pantring obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration (1999) and Strategic Focus (2007) at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
In 2013, Gabriela Pantring was appointed member to the Management Board of Investitionsbank of the State of Brandenburg (ILB), where she was responsible for Economics, Equity & Start-ups, Treasury and Banking Operations.
Gabriela Pantring became a member of the Managing Board of NRW.BANK in November 2016. She is responsible for Promotional Business Development, Risk Control, Credit Management and Business Support. In addition she is also Board member for the Westphalia-Lippe region.
Michael Stölting, Member of the Managing Board
After studying business administration at Cologne University, Michael Stölting joined Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale in 1989. At WestLB he held various positions including: Head of Swap and Options Trading for Asia-Pacific at WestLB Tokyo and, from 1993, Head of Swap and Options Trading for Europe in Düsseldorf.
Between 1998 and 2002, he was in charge of the Credit Derivatives Department in Düsseldorf and held the position of Co-Head of Credit Derivatives Europe in Düsseldorf and London. He later assumed the position of Managing Director and expanded the credit portfolio management of WestLB AG. In 2005, he was also appointed Vice Head of the business unit Credit Risk Management.
In July 2006, Michael Stölting joined NRW.BANK as Head of the newly created Risk Management unit, with responsibility for all risk types.
As of January 1, 2009, he was appointed Vice Member of the Managing Board in charge of the capital markets business. He has been an ordinary member of the Managing Board since July 1, 2009 and is responsible for Promotion Programme Advisory Services & Customer Service, Capital Markets, Equity Finance as well as Special Finance. He is also Board member for the Rhineland region. Born in Cologne, Michael Stölting is married with three children.
Dietrich Suhlrie, Member of the Managing Board
After having studied economics and forestry, Dietrich Suhlrie began his career in Africa in the area of development cooperation. He joined KfW Bankengruppe in 1991. Appointed Director in 2000, he headed several strategic organisational units in KfW’s promotion and development business. In 2008, he assumed responsibility for the Organisation and Internal Consulting Division. Previously he headed the Information and Consulting Division and, between 2000 and 2006, the Credit Secretariat. In this role, Dietrich Suhlrie was responsible for the integration of Deutsche Ausgleichsbank (DtA) into KfW Bankengruppe including the organisational repositioning and realignment of the product range.
Between 2008 and 2010, Dietrich Suhlrie advised the Federal Finance Ministry on the foundation and privatisation of ÖPP Deutschland AG.
Dietrich Suhlrie is a member of the Managing Board of NRW.BANK, where he is in charge of Finance, Promotion Programmes, IT/Organisation/Internal Services and Housing Promotion. He took up his current role in June 2010. He is also Board member for the Ruhr region.
NRW.BANK is owned by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.